We must consider gender equality and social inclusion in our global heath interventions and respond to the specific needs of those most marginalised.
Around the world, women and girls face structural barriers to health, stemming from gender norms that consistently undervalue them. Gender inequality also holds back health systems and economies: women’s leadership and full, equal and active participation in the health workforce and civil society are critical for achieving universal health care.
Since 1992, Options has worked to transform health systems by improving access to health services and outcomes, especially for women and children, with a strong focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). We have pioneered rights-based approaches to strengthen women’s movements, reduce unsafe abortion and end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).
During COVID-19, we have placed women and girls at the centre of our programmatic responses, with a focus on continuity of essential RMNCAH services. We do this by:
- Research and design with women and girls
- Gender-responsive quality health services
- Putting products and technologies in the hands of women and girls
- Tackling harmful gender norms: from grassroots dialogue to global advocacy
- Empowering women-led organisations
Options is continuously looking forward, innovating, and co-creating new solutions with our partners and clients. Click to download to find out more about how we can work with you to transform the problems of today into the solutions of tomorrow.
One of the key priorities for Options’ work is to reduce unequal relations between women and men.
"By 'gender equality' I understand equal opportunity for both sexes. Wherever possible I try to give a platform to everyone."
Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell reflects on commitments made at the Family Planning Summit and the need to address wider issues, including FGM.